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Curtis Sittenfeld

Author of Prep

22+ Works 15,220 Members 802 Reviews 38 Favorited

About the Author

Elizabeth Curtis Sittenfeld was born August 23, 1975 in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is an American writer. Her titles include: Prep, the tale of a Massachusetts prep school; The Man of My Dreams, a coming-of-age novel and an examination of romantic love; and American Wife, a fictional story loosely based show more on the life of First Lady Laura Bush. Sittenfeld attended Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, before transferring to Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. At Stanford, she studied Creative Writing. At the time, she was also chosen as one of Glamour magazine's College Women of the Year. She earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa. In 2018 she made the bestseller list with her title, You Think It, I'll Say It. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

Works by Curtis Sittenfeld

Prep (2005) 5,143 copies
American Wife (2008) 3,314 copies
Eligible (2016) 1,814 copies
Sisterland (2013) 1,274 copies
The Man of My Dreams (2006) 1,251 copies
You Think It, I'll Say It (2018) 764 copies
Romantic Comedy (2023) 712 copies
Rodham (2020) 659 copies
The Best American Short Stories 2020 (2020) — Editor — 137 copies
Atomic Marriage (2019) 51 copies
Help Yourself (2020) 22 copies
Giraffe & Flamingo (2020) 21 copies
The Tomorrow Box (2021) 18 copies
A Regular Couple (2009) 15 copies
Gender Studies 6 copies

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Well, I'm apparently in the minority here in thinking that these short stories are boring. Each story is a small slice of life of the characters, which seem to have no real impact or meaning and which end abruptly. At the end of virtually every one, I thought, "Huh? What was the point of that?" At least, it was a quick read.
flourgirl49 | 76 other reviews | Nov 26, 2023 |
Pure silly fun, with a heaping helping of unsettling insecurity. TNO (The Night Owls, standing in for SNL - Saturday Night Live) writer Sally, who is a sarcastic feminist warrior, is undone by the sweet and gorgeous host and musical guest Noah. She's got no interest in relationships, though hers, including a starter marriage, ended badly but not in complete disaster, so it's a bit hard to see why she's so unnerved by the possibility of sparks flying. She's got a bunch of really tight friends on the show and the first part of the book is just chock full of hilarity as Noah's week progresses. But Sally lashes out at Noah at the after-after party, and then covid intervenes, as Sally tries her hardest to blow up any chance of a love life with the infinitely patient Noah. As usual, as the tension moves towards resolution, the story loses a bit of luster. Overall, the audio version is nine hours of pleasure - but for women only.… (more)
froxgirl | 28 other reviews | Nov 8, 2023 |
(53) This is a quickly read novel from an author I love especially 'Prep,' and 'Rodham.' This had less gravitas than those novels and felt lighter. It was one of the first novels I read though that was mostly set during Covid quarantine so reliving the 'magic' from that fabulous time of life was fun. Even celebrities were sick or went to Target in masks to buy random shit. This is about a writer for loosely disguised Saturday Night Live who falls in love with one of the celebrity hosts. She herself is smart and funny but 'plain.' and while plain men can marry hot celebrity women all the time, it just doesn't happen the other way around. In fact, she is writing a sketch about that very concept for the episode where she meets him. So the whole thing is a bit predictable as the title implies and the book never tries to be more than that (while simultaneously giving an ironic nod to the whole affair. )

While easy to read and funny in parts, I think in the end quite forgettable. I really didn't buy Noah and Sally's relationship - although Sittenfeld is typically an excellent writer, there was something missing here. The best characters by far were Jerry and Sugar. This book was more like the 'book-club" pick of 'Sisterlland' - fun and accessible but not nearly the best she can do. Almost a nostalgic ode to 2020 which is weird.
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jhowell | 28 other reviews | Oct 22, 2023 |
Pretty surprised I even picked this up, but I have to say that I loved it. Great writing. I did lose interest when they ended up in the White House, but before that, I couldn't put it down.
nogomu | 222 other reviews | Oct 19, 2023 |



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